The Legacy Issue

What We’re Listening to: Black Belt Eagle Scout Champions Indigenous Resilience

“I come from a family and a tribe that really respects our land and our water. I wasn’t seeing that respect from capitalists, the [Obama] administration, and this very colonial [system]. I don’t say “Indians never die” in the song, but that name came to me when I wrote it. I want us to feel resilient.”

What We’re Watching: “Belly of the Beast” Uncloaks a Vile Prison Practice

Across the United States, incarcerated people are experiencing medical malpractice as a continuation of the country’s legal eugenics policies from the ’40s and ’50s. People with wombs are being sterilized—given partial and full hysterectomies—for routine reproductive concerns ranging from severe... Read more »

Objective Harm: Bad Immigration Reporting Worsens Bad Immigration Policy

Bad immigration reporting leads to bad immigration policy. Read more »

Singleminded: The New Rom-Com Heroines Go Solo

“Lonely, desperate, and bitter women who continually select broken partners have been an onscreen mainstay for as long as I can remember.” Read more »

Survival of the Fits: Black Fashion Has Always Been Liberatory

Black-owned brands not only serve their communities but also fill a need. “We’ve always had to create our own avenues because we were not thought of as the shopper or the buyer,” Nandi Howard, associate fashion editor at “Essence” magazine and “Bitch” contributor, says. Read more »

Silicone Sham: Will Sex-Doll Brothels Change the Future of Sex Work?

Aura Dolls, advertised as a brothel, promised clients a “realistic sensual experience with a girl who is made just for you.” Read more »

Chef’s Kiss: Soleil Ho Doesn’t Want to Be the First and Only

Her journey is less about accolades and more about ensuring she isn’t “the only one” in the notoriously exclusive food and restaurant space. Read more »

Accidents Still Happen: Revisiting “Degrassi’s” Infamous Abortion Episode

The N refused to air the episode for several years. Read more »

Let Us Live: What Does Loving Black Women Really Look Like?

What would it be like to celebrate Black women, not just as a performance or a trend? Without using them as a mascot for a movement. Without relying on them to save this country. Read more »

Boomer to Zoomer: Grim Generational Relations Aren’t An Accident

There is only one winner in a generation war, and it’s not millennials or boomers or Gen Z—it’s capitalism. Read more »

Her House: Queen Latifah Recreated the Rom-Com in Her Image

Queen Latifah’s oeuvre demonstrates that satisfying Black rom-coms for fat women are possible, even if Hollywood is resistant to making them. Read more »

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